McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt

McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America Overnight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Meadows says Mueller's end proves 'no collusion' House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King MORE (R-La.) on Monday stopped short of joining House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: EU hits Google with .7 billion antitrust fine | GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims | Dems ask FTC for budget wishlist | Justices punt on Google privacy settlement Devin Nunes 'cow' parody account overtakes Nunes in Twitter followers MORE’s (R-Calif.) push to hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report MORE in contempt of Congress. 

Nunes said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday that "the only thing left to do" is hold Sessions in contempt after concluding the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn’t going to comply with his request for documents pertaining to the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

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Scalise said he believes Nunes is best equipped to decide what the next course of action should be, adding he thinks it's important leadership supports him throughout the process. 

"I think that the Department of Justice has to comply with the subpoenas Congress has issued, and I think Chairman Nunes has done a very important job of getting the facts out and nobody is above the law," he told The Hill on Monday. "The Department of Justice has to turn over the documents that Congress has requested, and there've been a lot of serious questions raised about what we've uncovered so far. So, I'm not sure what they have to hide, but they have to comply with the law just like everybody else."

McCarthy echoed Scalise's sentiments, saying he understands Nunes’s argument and feels the DOJ and FBI should hand over the classified materials. 

"There's a frustration with a lot of members on how long all this has taken and the withholding of information," he told The Hill. "I'd like to see the information come to the House."

In response to an inquiry to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.), a spokeswoman said Nunes "has not talked to the Speaker about this."